Hey, Librarian!

“Seventy million books in America’s libraries, but the one you want to read is always out.”— Tom Masson 

You flash it before their eyes. You broadcast the title and author. You introduce an attention-grabbing character. You give a snappy summary. You read a chapter, stopping at a pivotal point. You do cartwheels, sing, and make faces. You exhaust yourself – even make a fool of yourself – just to create a buzz about a good book. That’s what librarians do.

As a school librarian, it’s my job to teach students how to use the library and expose them to a variety of authors and genres. It’s my job to create a stimulating learning space for students. Sometimes doing this can get frustrating, but I’ve found it’s the little things that make being a librarian rewarding. It’s when a preschooler looks at you and says, “Hey, Librarian, I like these pop-up books.”

Or it’s when a third grader stops in the library before school to return his overdue book and asks if he can check out the book you read last week. Your mind goes blank. “Describe it,” you say. “It’s about a girl and she does funny things,” he answers. Nothing comes to mind. “Is there anything else you can remember about it?” you ask. “Oh, yeah,” he says. “Her name is Orange.” “Aha!” you say and walk over to the P section of the library and pull out a book by Sara Pennypacker. “Is Clementine the book you want?” you ask.  He smiles and nods and you both have a good laugh. It’s those little things that are rewarding.  

So forget about the sword fights with the shelf-markers. Forget about the brand new book that was left in the snow. Forget about the students who make you want to pop your cork when they tell you they can’t find a good book among the thousands available. Do all those crazy things librarians do to create a buzz about a book.

Next week I’m standing on my head and reading a book. If only one person gets excited about that book, it’s worth it!

 Note to self:  Don’t wear a skirt that day!

Some Favorite Books:  Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) by Lisa Yee (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2009), Paris Pan Takes the Dare by Cynthea Liu (Putnam Juvenile, 2009), Moxie Maxwell Series by Peggy Gifford (Schwartz & Wade), The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy by William Boniface (HarperCollins, 2006)

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2 Comments on “Hey, Librarian!”

  1. Lisa Yee Says:

    Ooooh, so happy to see my book on your list, thankyouverymuch!


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